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Submission + - Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's entirely possible a petition may be approved.

Submission + - SPAM: Standardizing a penis and vagina emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, it's not entirely unreasonable to think a petition may just be accepted.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wanted a little penis icon on your emoji keyboard? Well, this project wants to add penis, vagina and breasts to the standard emoji set by petitioning to the Unicode Consortium. Previous projects like The Dumpling Emoji Project did just that. Seeing as to how Unicode already includes significantly more crude penis hieroglyphs and how the emojidex project designed their emoji mockups to be as internationally acceptable as possible, a penis and vagina emoji could actually happen.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji 1

An anonymous reader writes: This project is looking to petition the Unicode Consortium to add a penis, vagina and breasts emoji to the Unicode standard. If you've ever wanted send a little penis icon from the system standard keyboard on your phone then this is the crowd funding campaign for you.

Submission + - KickStarter project wants to standardize :penis: and :vagina: emoji

An anonymous reader writes: For anyone sick of using the eggplant emoji, there's a KickStarter project just for you. The objective is to raise enough money to join the Unicode Consortium and petition/push for a little penis, vagina, and breasts icon to be included on every emoji keyboard. There's even a stretch goal to add a :butt: emoji.

Submission + - FOSS School Management to Augment Education (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: Standardized education teaches a limited curriculum without accounting for anything students achieve outside of that curriculum. GAKU Engine is an open source school management system that sets out to change that. It lets schools manage their standard curriculum, yet augments it by tracking extracurricular accomplishments and integrating with external educational services.

Submission + - FOSS School Management to Augment Education (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: Remember that bad grade you got in that class that one time? If your school had been using GAKU Engine you could have picked up some badges from Code School, or learned to solder at a Maker fair, or gotten a red belt in Karate to put on your grade report and balance it out.

Nearly every school in the world uses a School Management System. Often these are inflexible and proprietary closed source solutions which can cost over $100k a year. GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable FOSS School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to replace closed source solutions, it aims to let schools break free of sticking to a standardized education and give students credit for all the skills and knowledge they acquire outside of school. Schools can also enhance their educational offerings with external content and services. They can augment student records with badges, achievements, and licenses. Plus there’s an extension system and an API so new functionality can be added and other systems can be integrated.

Submission + - FOSS School Management to Augment Education (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education; it aims to let schools break free of the standard by enhancing their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records with badges and achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year.

Submission + - FOSS School Management to Augment Education (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: It’s ironic you’ll often find a poster of Einstein in schools as, after being flunked out and declared an idiot by his instructors, he had a disdain for formal education. Standardized education has become the result of countless committees deciding what they believe it is important for students to know and generalizing when and how they should learn it. This complete disregard for neurodiversity and ignorance of students who excel outside of the standard curriculum has failed Einstein and many other alternative and revolutionary thinkers. Now, programs like the US Common Core are going to very quickly make this situation worse.

GAKU Engine [“Learning Engine” in Japanese] is an FOSS School Management System that wants to change that. It’s built to support all the needs of a school providing a standardized education, but also comes equipped with tools to augment it. The core system comes with badge system integration, tools to record awards / achievements / licenses, and a system to integrate information from external educational services and other schools. It’s open source so anyone can modify it and has an extension system and an API so anyone can extend or integrate with it.

Submission + - Open Source School Management aims to augment education (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education; it aims to let schools break free of the standard by enhancing their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records with badges and achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year.

Submission + - Open Source School Management aims to augment education (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education, it's to let schools break free of the standard. GAKU Engine wll come with tools to let schools enhance their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records by integrating with badge systems and provide accreditation for extra-curricular achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year.

Submission + - New Animated PNG creation tools intend to bring APNG into mainstream use (kickstarter.com) 1

Kagetsuki writes: While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses they aren't the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn't have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004. Lack of tools and recogniting has hurt adoption, so to remedy this there is a campaign on kickstarter to create an Open Source, high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". Even the primary goal includes libraries/modules for C/C++ and Ruby along with a cross platform GUI authoring tool. Aside from supporting the project simply using APNG willl help raise interest and support in the standard and bring us one step closer to a world with cleaner animated images.

Submission + - kickstarter campaign to bring Animated PNG into the mainstream with new tools (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create an OSS high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved.

Submission + - apngasm kickstarter to create high quality Animated PNG conversion libraries (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create a high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm" here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/apngasm-foss-animated-png-tools-and-apng-standardi . If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved.

Submission + - Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter (kickstarter.com)

Kagetsuki writes: There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/phantom-open-emoji .

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